As state lawmakers debate arming teachers, gun is accidentally fired at Florida school

As state lawmakers clashed in a heated debate in Tallahassee on whether to arm teachers, a school resource officer accidentally fired a gun at a Pasco County middle school.

Democrats in the Florida House used the breaking news alert during an emotional debate Tuesday as part of their efforts to highlight why they think teachers shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns on campus.

“This program is going to go in, and there are going to be mistakes,” said Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach. “A gun went off today in Pasco County in a middle school in the cafeteria. Happened today — today while we were doing this bill.”

Jenne wanted to see more training requirements for school employees who carry guns as part of the state’s armed school guardian program.